TSL Champs and OFC Champions League too close to each other
BY ROMULUS HUTA
INJURY fears are hovering over champions Solomon Warriors as they are about to participate in two tough competitions that are being held too close to each other this month and earlier next month respectively.
The two competitions are the TSL championship series and the OFC Champions League.
The TSL championship series will begin tomorrow and will conclude with the finals on Wednesday February 6.
Five days after the conclusion of the TSL championship series, Warriors will kick off their Group B OFC Champions League campaign in Tahiti on Monday February 11 against Erakor Golden Star of Vanuatu.
The closeness of the dates of the two competitions comes as a great concern for Moses Toata and his boys.
Warriors were drawn in Group B of the OFC Champions League against Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu), AS Dragon (Tahiti) and AS Lossi (New Caledonia) and their matches will be played in Pape’ete, Tahiti from February 11 to 17.
Toata said the TSL championship series should have been held earlier, atleast three weeks apart from the kick off of the OFC Champions League despite the fact that the local competition might come as good warm-up ahead of their competitive regional assignment.
“Injuries are my biggest concern given the dates of the two competitions is too close to each other. It might be good if we have at least three weeks between the two competitions.”
Toata explained that if some of their players sustain injury during the TSL championship series then they might not be able to recover well in time for the champions league kick off.
Toata admitted that they have started training three weeks ago for both competitions and one of their strikers Kensi Tangis of Vanuatu is still nursing a minor injury.
Toata hopes Tangis fully recovers before the tournament in Tahiti.
However, the reds coach said he is looking forward to a good outing in both competitions and the aim is to finish on top.
“Our training sessions are going on well. The boys are ready to take on any team.”
Meanwhile, Warriors will open their TSL championship series campaign heading into the round one first leg against Real Kakamora 2pm tomorrow at Lawson Tama Stadium.